Marvel has brought one of its strangest forgotten heroes back to life
Darkhold: Omega # 1 sees the return of a weird, forgotten hero who hasn’t been seen or heard from for almost half a century.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Darkhold: Omega # 1, available now from Marvel Comics.
The Marvel Universe has long been home to some of the most powerful heroes in the world. Through the pages of the Eldritch Darkhold, a few Marvel heroes have been transformed into nightmarish versions of themselves in an effort to ward off the threat of the dark god Chthon. As astonishing as the sight of these demonic Avengers is, they pale in comparison to the return of a long-forgotten hero in Darkhold: Omega # 1 (by Steve Orlando, Cian Tormey, Roberto Poggi, Marc Deering, Walden Wong, Jesus Aburtov and Clayton Cowles of VC).
After returning from their journey to the Darkhold, the nightmarish heroes turn to the threat of an emerging Chthon. While the armies of the elder god are no match for their assembled might, the god himself turns out to be another story. However, Chthon isn’t the only character taking center stage in the issue. Soon the battle is interrupted by a blinding flash of light, with long-lost Marvel hero Omega the Unknown making a surprising return.
Omega the Unknown may not be immediately recognizable to many, but the classic hero is one of Marvel’s strangest heroes. Created by Protarian aliens in hopes of succeeding them, the man-made humanoid being known as the Model X3Z would become a warrior among the stars before finding his way to Earth. years 1975 Omega the unknown # 1 (by Steve Gerber, Mary Skrenes and Jim Mooney) told the origin story of the unusual being as well as his rise to superhero rank.
Omega was very formidable as a hero, able to create powerful kinetic explosions and use telekinesis. However, if left unchecked, his power was capable of destroying the planet. In the years 1979 Defenders # 77 (from Steven Grant, Mark Gruenwald and Herb Trimpe), the young hero sacrificed himself rather than seeing the inhabitants of his adopted planet hurt each other. Back then, it was a heartbreaking moment that seemed like it could never be overcome. Today, over forty years later, Darkhold: Omega reveals that death was never the end for this forgotten hero
Once Chthon’s threat is over, Omega returns to Earth alongside what appears to be the remains of the android who served as his surrogate decades ago. As the Wasp explained to the Mother-Head, Omega did not die on that fateful day over forty years ago. Instead, the android crossed through dimensions only to get lost somewhere along the way. In the years that followed, the Mother-Head prepared for her eventual return.
Neither Omega nor the Mother-Head seems to have bad intentions at the moment. However, the question remains whether the android has learned to control his powers enough to no longer pose a threat to the world. Either way, the Darkhold made possible the return of a hero who will likely be a formidable force for good in the days to come.
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